Protecting Your Family’s Future
It’s best to prepare your will and consult with a will attorney / probate lawyer sooner rather than later. If the unexpected happens, a valid will can help ensure your final wishes are understood and followed. Establishing your will removes stress and concerns regarding your loved one’s future and how your estate will be divided.
At Herbert Law Office, we can help you with your estate planning needs. Learn more about our will and probate services below.
Providing for Your Estate Needs
We offer comprehensive estate planning services, including:
- Creating and modifying wills
- Filing and managing probate matters
- Assessing the validity of wills and other estate plan documents
- Litigating will disputes
- Avoiding probate through trusts and other estate planning tools
Why Do I Need a Will?
A last will and testament, when valid, identifies your heirs and explains how to distribute your assets after your death. A well-written will can help eliminate confusion, protect your loved ones, and ensure that your final wishes are closely followed. Unless you have a will or other valid estate plan, the courts will distribute your property under California’s intestacy rules.
The intestacy rules prioritize certain family members over others. For example, if you have a long-term partner, but never married or registered as domestic partners, he or she will receive nothing under the state’s intestacy laws. If you don’t have living relatives, your entire estate will go to the State of California. Rather than take these risks, it’s always in your best interest to draft a will or estate plan.
Can I Change My Will?
You can always change the terms of your will. As time passes, your long-term goals and family might change. For this reason, it’s always in your best interest to regularly review your will with an experienced probate lawyer at Herbert Law Office. We can help you review your will, decide whether it needs modification, and revise it meet your new wishes. If you’ve recently divorced, married, or had a child, it’s in your best to schedule a time to review your will and estate plan with a California will attorney.
What Is Probate?
Probate is a formal court process. Once someone dies, whether they have a will or not, you typically have to open an estate with the probate court. Then, the court will name an executor or administrator who will identify the estate’s assets, pay its debts, and distribute its remaining property to heirs. The estate must also comply with a series of strict rules and procedures throughout the probate process.
Without help from an experienced will attorney, many families struggle to understand and follow the probate court’s rules and procedures. At Herbert Law Office, we guide our clients through probate matters. We also help litigate and resolve will disputes.
Helping Your Family Avoid Probate
For many families, the probate process is overly burdensome, time-intensive, and expensive. Thankfully, not all estates require extensive probate proceedings.
For example, small estates can use a simplified, streamlined probate system. Other estates can avoid or minimize the need for probate by using trusts, joint tenancy, and other estate planning options.
If you’re interested in avoiding probate, contact Herbert Law Office for more information. We can help you understand the scope of your estate, identify and explain your options, and guide you through the entire estate planning process.
Schedule an Appointment With a Probate Lawyer
If you’re ready to draft a will or estate plan, schedule a free, no-risk consultation with a probate lawyer at Herbert Law Office today. Located in Palmdale, CA, we assist clients with their comprehensive estate planning needs. Whether you need a simple will or a complex series of trusts, we can help. Contact us to learn more about our legal services and your estate planning options.